The Y has been a friend of the Reedy River for quite some time, and that friendship is about blossom once again.
A grant from the Duke Energy Water Resource Fund will help the Y’s collaboration with the Friends of the Reedy River. To date, the collaboration has already helped to improve water quality and conservation. With the help of Duke Energy’s Water Resource Fund, there will be classroom space to share the conservation message with youth and teens from across the county.
The $80,075 grant will fund the creation of an outdoor classroom and science stations along the Swamp Rabbit Trail at the Caine Halter Family Y.
Environmentally-friendly removal of invasive plants and trees leading to the Reedy River’s shoreline is already underway. A terraced walkway going down to the river will lead to a new half-moon shaped granite council ring, which will serve as an outdoor classroom right on the river. Additionally, new science stations will also be installed. The project is expected to be completed late summer 2017 in time for 3,000 day camp participants in YMCA of Greenville’s environmental educational programs.
We can’t wait to share the space with the community. For photos and updates on the construction and programming for the new space, be sure to like us on Facebook.
In the photo: From left, Bill Barringer, Director of New Facilities Development; Lillian Darby, YMCA of Greenville member and donor/advocate; Jamie Inman, Chief Mission Advancement Officer; Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy State President, South Carolina; and Nikki Grumbine, Board President, Friends of Reedy River